@TomDienhart Tom DienhartSome early names I hear for New Mexico: Bob Bostad; Sonny Dykes; Mike Leach; Noel Mazzone; Jim McElwain; Ed Warinner; Al Borges.
Leave our OC alone UNM
I just wonder if we could give them some extra cash and a player or two to take him now...
Let's give them you and call it a day.
I wish there was a button that read dipshit.
Because I would press the shit out of that button.
I'm still pushing for a "Douchey" button. Who wants to start a petition?
hire mike leach. we need that guy back in college football.
Yeah, especially if Craig James has any other kids who need to spend some time in an equipment shed.
The same CRAIG JAMES who was rumored to have KILLED 5 HOOKERS AT SMU?
I doubt Craig James would want to travel to New Mexico...prostitution is illegal there and he'll need to get his fix...
Yarrr, but there be nary a body of water in the vicinity!
leave Denard Robinson for....what? Cacti? Al Borges has been in the business long enough that he can get a better HC job than at New Mexico.
Oh please, nobody wanted to hire him and that's why he ended up with Hoke. He's mentioned that a few times... He slowly and systematically runs offenses into the ground, his track record at the real schools show that.
Borges built good offenses at UCLA and Auburn, and got SDSU off to a good start.
Who the buck invited this guy?!
leave Denard Robinson for....what? Cacti?
Where are the Isotopes?
I think that he has been in the business long enough, that he may not want to be a HC. He may be plenty happy being a OC at a major college.
Al is 55 and a career OC. If he didn't want a HC job before, he doesn't want one now.
the most interesting man in Ann Arbor....
He doesn't always make posts, but when he does, he prefers MGoBlog.
When you're 55 and taking your first head coaching job (especially if you've had the success as an o-coordinator that Borges has had), I'm guessing you wouldn't want to be starting on the bottom rung of the ladder. In Borges situation if you wanted to give head coaching a try, I'm guessing you probably wouldn't look any lower than a mid level team in one of the better BCS conferences.
I have a had time envisioning him as a good fit in that role.
Plus, Brady Hoke has pointed at him.
and I guarantee he's had HC opportunities before... if that's what he wanted, he'd have done it by now, so not concerned there. Plus he's in a good situation with a head coach who doesn't seem to micro manage his coordinators. OC at Michigan > HC at UNM.
Jon Falk would appreciate that thought.
To your point, how many books have any prior head coaches at New Mexico written!
Hoke needs to point that finger at UNM and say "NO! Bad UNM! You stop that!"
Hopefully our O becomes so amazing that Borges' name will never be mentioned for such a shitty job in the future.
he will have to go to Tucson. There are no saguaro cactus here at 7,000 feet. UNM should really think twice before going for another offensive coordinator from the Big Ten.
Can I ask, I'm from Gallup. You. Not too many of us M-fans in the state everyone forgets
At first I thought you were talking about the University of Northern Michigan making fun of Al Borges. My mistake....
And I doubt he'll leave, this guy's probably just throwing names out
Excuse me sir, it is Northern Michigan Unversity or NMU.
...hates you. As does Lloyd Carr and Tom Izzo (not that it matters). All proud NMU alum would never Pryor-ize their alma mater by referring to it as the University of Northern Michigan!
He goes there. Not to beat a dead horse and I haven't said anything about Al on here ever but his play calling is simply pathetic. This offense has taken more of a step back then I thought. Get mad at me all you want but if you do you must not know football very well.
We are in the first year of a new coach after getting rid of one of the best offensive minds in the game. A step back was expected even though we're still a top ten rushing team nationally.
Also - wait until we play the good defenses in our league. Remember how we did against them last year? Give it a full season before you bitch about our step back.
EDIT: I love how you ended your argument. "Disagree with me if you want, but if you do you're obviously stupid."
Or just stating the obvious. Hmmm.
You made two statements about Al Borges.
1. His play calling is pathetic.
2. We took more of a step back then (sic) you thought.
That is stating the obvious? The first is a vague, unsupported, purely opinion statement. The second is merely you comparing his performance to your own expectations. Neither of those are obvious.
Have been blinded. The support for my first statement is in the tape. You ever heard the saying the big eye in the sky don't lie. My 4th grade football coach used to say that all the time. Have you watched the game film at all? I have, I have watched every game about 5 times each. I have watched certain plays and drives several more times than that. I'm a football junkie I can't help it. My opinion of his playcalling, the offense's rhythm, the timing, the adjustments, is that at this point they are pathetic. Now I could go into detail about each of those things and the importance of all of those things but i don't really have time to do that and I know you know that already. Besides I'm just some Joe who thinks they know football. The second point can't even remember.
You're way off base here.
(1) Maybe you're a spread zealot and all that jazz, but to assume that a new OC under a new regime will try to call games by running a scheme based on what he does not know. . . is nucking futs.
(2) If you can't see how this is shaking out, despite watching each game a gazillion times, I hope you don't end up in the coaching profession. Stick to X-Box. Borges is doing a pretty damn admirable job accomodating parts of a system that will be totally erased/replaced in a few years to take advantage of the unique talents of a 4.3 speed QB, while still attempting to add in bits from what he knows and does well. This latest presser really gives you all that you need to know. QB's have struggled under Al in their first year, with marked improvement in year 2.
(3) Denard is airmailing the shit out of his receivers right now. comfort or no comfort, he's flat out missing open receivers routinely...
(4) He's still leading the nation in rushing per game. Borges has been smart enough to maybe go against his instinct to cut down on the carries. He very much realizes that Denard=Offense right now. If we can get away with throwing the ball under 20 times a game until some pass game kinks can get ironed out, I'm all for it. As long as we're able to get production (200+ yards) on the ground from Denard and Fitz/Vince, I'm OK with what's happening.
(5) Brian has mentioned on this blog that the offense has a "grab-bag" feel to it. While this is true, Al and his players are still developing a chemistry and offensive identity. That doesn't just appear out of nowhere. Again, I cite the latest presser: Borges notes that they just have to continue to try things out, and if they don't work, they keep working on it the next week. It's hard to place blame on the playcalling when there are blatant execution issues between Denard and the receivers. Poor throws and blatant drops are going to make the O look pretty bad. I think Borges has said all the right things, and there's absolutely no way to pass judgement on his ability.
(6) While I'm not a fan (obv) of running a 5'6 back out of an I-form, I think things such as the new option addition and QB lead oh noes are clear examples of progress and Al tinkering with the game plan to meet his players half way. At the very least, you have to like that he's not routinely and stubbornly running arrogant plays that have no chance. This is a "feel it out" phase of Michigan football. We will be better.
(7)We are lucky to come out of this CC with such seasoned, smart coordinators. Relax, and watch things improve. We're going to get beat at some point, but honestly, I could see anywhere from a low end of 8 to a high of 11 wins this year (including a bowl).
So you played 4th grade football? Very impressive resume.
and think he will be successful here over time. However, if we could get an OC who has proven he can run a spread offense similar to the one we had previously as a replacement I'd be lying if I said I'd be too upset.
Again, nothing against Al, I think he will be successful in the long run, but if we were running a more spread type offense with the shorter passing game I think this team could win the B1G this year. Hell, they have a chance as it is with no passing game to speak of at all.
I think Borges has at the very least met expectations so far. He's shown the ability to be able to adapt in-game to what's working. Obviously, against the tomato cans (no offense, directional Michigan schools), he'd want to try to run his own plays to see what works and what doesn't. That he had the spread-type plays in his back pocket and trotted them out to take advantage of Denard's strengths and compensate for his struggles in the passing game tell me he knows what he's doing.
You have to chalk up the early-season difficulties with the pro style offense to the newness of it all to those kids, Denard especially.
I'd give Borges a solid B+ or A- so far.
I feel like if Borges wanted to be a HC, he would have done that a long time ago.
I was getting ready to pick apart UNM's fan base for lack of creativity.
But now I'm worried that my custom Al Borges t-shirt with the word gorgeous beneath it may not be in style for long...
Maybe you need a custom Gordon Borges shirt...
less than 2 years ago and appears to have wanted that job but someone else was selected.
Job is Al's if he wants it. Al's updated resume has a referral from Fred Jackson on it
"Only The Brave Coach At UNM...Also Those On Probation"
They just need their own Nevin Shapiro and they are in business.
They should hire his father. That guy makes me want to run through a wall.
The situation with the UNM football program is beyond bad. It requires a younger guy who is willing to make peanuts relatively speaking. In other words a coach starting at the very bottom of the food chain of FCS ball with a lot of ambition.
My take? UNM should dump its football program and develop one of the best soccer programs in the country. That may be doable. Football? As I said in a recent post, at times friends ask me to go to games and I tell them that I've already been to high school once in my life.
No program is so bad that a great coach can't turn it around. The challenge is just to find that coach. UNM needs to find a rising young assistant and hope he turns into a Meyer or Stoops.
Sure, but it may well take three years to get to three wins, depending on how bad the recruiting was. Any coach who can pull that off would be better off waiting for a better job in the first place.
Florida International is a good example of a horrific program that's been turned around.
I understand that Rita likes the sun, and that Rich is available . . . .
I got posted in the wrong spot.
No thank you! Too darn hot.
Down the line and not anytime in the immediate future, the ideal replacement for Borges whenever he decides he wants to move on seems like it would be Scott Loeffler (once he gets more seasoning and success over at Temple). And if Loeffler had success as Michigan offensive coordinator it would set him up to succeed Brady Hoke whenever he decided to retire (of course Loeffler might get a head coaching job by then).